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Kirby's Dream Land 3 Reclassified by ESRB

Posted by Damien McFerran

After the somewhat dismal pair of US Virtual Console releases this week we thought you could all do with some slightly more joyous news. Kirby’s Dream Land 3 has been re-classified by the ESRB!

For those of you that don't know, ESRB stands for Entertainment Software Rating Board. These guys rate all of the software that is released in the US and their hard word ensures that little kiddies don't get to play games that feature lots of guns, gore and naked ladies. They also prove rather handy when it comes to predicting which games will be released on the Virtual Console!

The game was originally rated some time ago but then slipped off the ESRB site for reasons unknown. It’s now back, and this mysterious reinstatement gives hope for other games that have slipped off the radar, like Zombies Ate My Neighbours, Duck Hunt and (of course) Super Mario RPG. All of these titles have been rated previously and then been removed with no explanation.

All of Kirby’s adventures are worth checking out and Dream Land 3 is no exception. Hopefully this means Nintendo is gearing up to give us some SNES goodness over the next few weeks!

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ChocoDK

#1

ChocoDK said:

Yay, Kirby is so cute and his games are so much fun. Hopefully we will be seeing this come on the VC soon. Thanks for posting up the news.

toaster

#3

toaster said:

I had never played a Kirby game until a couple of years ago, and a friend of mine picked up an old NES system, and this local bookstore had TONS of NES games for sale for $5 bucks. We bought 3 of them, and then the guy said "I'll make a deal with ya, when your done with those, bring them back and you can get 1 game for every game you bring back." So, in the end, it cost us $15 bucks for unlimited "rental" of NES games... worked out really cool.

diablos79

#4

diablos79 said:

Not really bothered about kirby, his games were a little too simple for me. id stilll like to know why Zombies was removed from the list tho, surely it cant be because of the cartoony violence can it? then again it wouldnt suprise me.

Sharecrow

#5

Sharecrow said:

I've never played a Kirby game before....I'll consider trying one once it is released.

It is comforting to know that stuff that was removed from ESRB actually have a chance of being put back on later, though.

Shortay

#6

Shortay said:

Great, I really want to play this one. After playing Kirby's Adventure, I'm looking forward to this one.

alexknibb

#8

alexknibb said:

Maybe they submit the original game to the ESRB then have to resubmit when they've finalised the VC version? Just a thought...

Oh, and it's ok for kids to look at naked men according to the ESRB, is it? ;)

Stuffgamer1

#12

Stuffgamer1 said:

Great news. Dream Land 3 is one of the two best Kirby adventures ever (the other being Kirby 64)! I'll download this day one!

Bensei

#13

Bensei said:

Is Kirby's DL3 included in Kirby's Fun Pak?
I'd wait, but if it surely isn't, it's bought as soon as EU gets it

Clayfrd

#16

Clayfrd said:

I've only played Kirby's Adventure and Kirby 64, and based on those installments, I will not hesitate to buy this one!

Tides_of_Chaos

#17

Tides_of_Chaos said:

Same with Clayfrd (unless you count the non-platformer ones), I've only played the NES and N64 ones. I can't wait for more Kirby goodness.

N64Lover

#18

N64Lover said:

I love that game. While they're at it, they should release Diddy Kong Racing for the N64 (a game that came out at around the same time, November 1997, if I'm not mistaken). It's like first grade all over again!

Rapadash6

#19

Rapadash6 said:

Most likely the 200th VC release. Better than the 100th release, imo. I was starting to get worried that Nintendo might be phasing out Virtual Console to bring Wiiware to the forefront but this is a nice little ray of hope. Also this is one I missed when it first came out so it'll be a new experience too... I LOVE Virtual Console!

ICEknight

#20

ICEknight said:

Nobody said this rating was for a VC release, though... It could be another remake for the DS.

DJ_Triforce

#22

DJ_Triforce said:

N64Lover, I don't know if Diddy Kong Racing will be coming to the Virtual Console (I'm praying that I'm wrong though). If I'm correct, Rare is owned by Microsoft... although we do have the Donkey Kong series. Who knows? I really want to play that game. I used to play it a lot in middle school. :) Keep your fingers crossed everyone!

SuperMichael64

#23

SuperMichael64 said:

Who doesn't like some good ole kirby! And is it just me, or is kirby becoming a handheld game series? (ex: gbc gba nintendods) His last console game was kirby's air ride and that was a remake. Will we ever see kirby on a console again?

SergeEXE

#25

SergeEXE said:

Kirby Dream Land 3 is my favorite Kirby game, other than Superstar, but that's almost a given.

The great artstyle and all of the Heart-Star challenges made this a terrific game, totally worth 800 Wii points

Tim

#26

Tim said:

I would get this. I personally like Kirby more than Mario because of the copy ability. Here's hoping they also release Zombies Ate My Neighbours. I could care less about duck hunt, though I initially wanted it at launch.

That_Guy_from_Faxana

#27

That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

I´d download it, the Kirby plattformers are nice! Hope it will be compatible with my 50hz TV or I´ll have to buy a new set ^^

Stuffgamer1

#28

Stuffgamer1 said:

ICEknight: If you check www.esrb.org, the listing for Kirby's Dream Land 3 says it's for Wii. That's how you can tell it's for VC, because there's no way they'd release it on a disc, and the ESRB doesn't rate VC games with a separate listing from other Wii games.

Jogurt_the_Yogurt

#30

Jogurt_the_Yogurt said:

This would be a more disappointing 200th game than our 100th game. But oh well! There's tons of games to be played that are already on the VC!

Dan

#31

Dan said:

why is this game have Entertainment Software Rating Board as a 12+ it should be a 3+

Jupiter_Adept

#33

Jupiter_Adept said:

I found some rated SNES games: Chrono Trigger, Secret of Evermore, Earthbound. Also, on the N64: Banjo Tooie and Majora's Mask.

BJ1

#36

BJ1 said:

I never played this game but I hope they release it soon. My brother wants Kirby 64.

StarDust4Ever

#37

StarDust4Ever said:

Um, why is the Duck Hunt link broken? I really wish that Nintendo would add the old NES Zapper games [Duck Hunt, Hogan's Alley, etc...] to the VC. Either that, or release remakes on Wiiware, just like they did with DrMario. The emulator would need to be updated with some type of target cursor for block detection (you can't just point a wiimote directly at the TV set like you do with the Zapper, because the Wiimote only recognizes the sensor bar and cannot detect the actual placement of the TV set itself).

While they are at it, Nintendo also needs to update the SNES emulator for support of the enhancement chips (Mario Kart, SMW2, etc...) the hacking community have already successfully injected a game that uses the FX chip [F-Zero] using Nintendo's own SNES emulator, so what's stopping Nintendo from releasing games that originally contained enhancement chips?

@BJ: Kirby 64 has been out for a long time...

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